law, with its own courts and age-specific laws, elder law is not a legal area that is sharply divided
from the rest of the law.
Rather, elder law is simply a term which encompasses
all the various kinds of law that place emphasis on overseeing senior
health care, as well as advance directives or living
wills that protect the legal rights of senior citizens,
especially when they are ill or incapacitated.
there are three different categories of elder law. The first
and probably most obvious is medical care for the elderly.
in the United States, for example, is government sponsored
medical care for an increasingly aging population which was
enacted in 1965, the same year that the Older
Americans Act was passed.
planning is another broad category of elder law. Estate
laws have been enacted to minimize taxes and reduce common
problems with regards to the dispensation of an estate, but
can also cover things such as power of attorney, which can
be very important for elderly people who depend on others
to make important decisions for them. The important legal
document with regards to estate law is the will.
Without a legal will, the legal proceedings following the
death of a loved one can be especially difficult.
Related to estate law, the third broad category of elder law
law. In much the same way parents are guardians of their children,
the elderly may also need guardians to choose a nursing facility or home care if they are disabled or are otherwise incapable of taking care of themselves.
In general, elder laws are in place to make the best of what
is often a painful and difficult situation for most families.
They help to minimize suffering, and guide us through some
of the most emotionally difficult times that many of us will
face throughout our lives.
Around the Web find complete information
on guardianship, medical decision making, and related issues
along with a collection of Internet resources pointing to
more on elder law by US state of
particular interest to caregivers.
Law - Wikipedia
- Complete overview of US law as it pertains to estate planning,
Medicaid, guardianship, as well as elder abuse, neglect, and
fraud, with an extensive list of related resources.
Elder Law & Legal Resources on the Web
- Extensive directory of online resources with facts &
information on nursing home law, reverse mortgages, long term
care insurance, advanced directives & health care proxies,
and related topics.
Law Answers - Helpful Q&A covering subjects ranging
from Medicare and Medicaid, estate planning and guardianship
to nursing home issues and medical decision making.